Banged-Up Heart: Dancing With Love and Loss

Banged-Up Heart: Dancing With Love and Loss

by Shirley Melis


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Banged-Up Heart: Dancing With Love and Loss by Shirley Melis

Banged-Up Heart by Shirley Melis is an intimate and clear-eyed account of finding love late and losing it early—and of the strength it takes to fall madly in love a second time, be forced to relinquish that love too soon, and yet choose to love again.

When her husband of thirty years dies suddenly, Shirley Melis is convinced she will never find another man like Joe. Then she meets John, a younger man who tells her during their first conversation that he has lived for many years with a rare but manageable cancer. She is swept off her feet in a whirlwind courtship, and within months, made brave by the early death of a friend's husband, she asks him to marry her! What follows is a year-long odyssey of travel and a growing erotic and creative partnership—until a mysterious bump on John's forehead proves to be one of several tumors in his brain and spine. The nine months that follow are filled with a life-threatening infection, three brain surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy. Two years and one week after their wedding, John dies at the age of fifty-nine.

More than just a love story or a memoir of mourning, Banged-Up Heart comes down solidly on the side of life. It takes you deep inside an ordinary woman, her deeply felt grief butting up against her desire for more than companionship: passion, sexual fulfillment, and self-realization. It bears eloquent witness to the wild trust it takes to fall madly in love and risk profound loss—a second time. Ultimately, it shows that it is possible to dance with a banged-up heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938288708
Publisher: Terra Nova Books
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 1,164,129
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

“Remember, Shirley, YOU are alive!” These words from a virtual stranger changed Shirley Melis’s life. Widowed nearly two years, she took off her wedding rings and stepped out of her cocoon. Wings barely dry, she fell madly in love with a man who shared her dreams of travel and encouraged her writing. His untimely death at fifty-nine left her a widow for the second time in four years. Disbelieving and longing to recapture the reality of their star-crossed love, she started writing the deeply personal account of love and loss that became Banged Up Heart.

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On my first trip back, I carried John

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Banged-Up Heart: Dancing With Love and Loss 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
cammie More than 1 year ago
Banged –Up Heart by Shirley Melis, a story of deep love and untimely death, will touch the hearts of those who have experienced the highs of exquisite joy and the lows of devastating tragedy. It can also serve to give understanding to those who haven’t yet had such an experience, as Ms. Melis shares all the transitions of going through emotional loss. It can help us all be thankful for those who haven’t had to address the painful questions of deep loss. Ms. Melis intimately shares her deepest feelings in ways that may cause some readers discomfort, but will resonate with many readers. Recommended for those who are drawn to understanding the complexities of life.